Summer is synonymous with many things — beach trips out east, copious amounts of rosé, and music festivals, at least for me. As a combination of work and play, I’ve made it out to five festivals this summer alone. Most of these festivals have involved planes, trains, and automobiles, so I was thrilled when we were invited to Billboard Hot 100, located relatively nearby at Jones Beach, Long Island.
To be fair, this still was a bit of a hike from Manhattan, incurring either a $100 Uber ride or a 45 minute ride on the LIRR, but the stunning venue was worth the travel. The main stage of Jones Beach Theater is located right on the water and festival goers were treated to nautical beach views while swaying to headliners such as Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, and J. Cole.
Some of my favorite acts were actually on smaller side stages, namely Thomas Jack’s infamous vacation house music. We were able to get pretty close to the stage without much crowding and enjoy the summer sunshine.
Back on the mainstage, Martin Garrix had the whole crowd amped and singing. I usually find that a large amphitheater takes away from a DJ experience, but he did a great job of bringing fans together and gave his performance an intimate feel.
Overall, the festival was very well-organized and accessible. The crowds were effectively managed and it was easy to find our way around. There were plenty of food and drink options, and not too many annoyingly intoxicated youngsters trolling the festival grounds, which is more than most concerts can say.
If you didn’t make it to Billboard Hot 100, you can still enjoy some great music over brunch. We recapped our favorite NYC brunches with a beat, here.
BitchBiz: We received complimentary tickets to the Hot 100 Festival, however this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch.